Sheffield councillors cost £1.2m last year - allowances and expenses figures show

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More than £1.2 million was paid out in Sheffield councillors’ allowances and expenses last year, figures show.

The majority paid out from April 2014 to March 2015 was for basic allowances and special responsibility payments.

However, £28,433 was claimed for travel, subsistence and dependent carers’ allowances.

The highest travel claim - at £1,600 - came from Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development and deputy council leader.

He also claimed £244 for subsistence and the highest amount, £654, for the carers’ allowance - which was to cover childcare needed during council duties at night or early mornings.

Coun Bramall said the travel claims were for rail fares and subsistence for hotels so he could attending meetings around the country, such as those to promote city exports, lobbying Government, HS2 and meetings about the new retail quarter.

He said: “I always travel standard class and I never claim for taxis, food or drink.

“It’s not a surprise I would have the highest claim because a lot of what I do is going to lobby Government and meet investors.”

He said a meeting with economics expert Bruce Katz would ‘pay for itself multiple times’ as it had raised the city’s profile and led to the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District in Catcliffe. It was ‘important’ to attend some meetings face-to-face, he added.

Leader Julie Dore claimed the highest subsistence at £695.24. A spokesman said it was for hotels when attending meetings.

Coun Dore also claimed £1,523 for standard rail fares to meetings like the Core Cities Cabinet and Transport for the North.

Of the opposition parties, several councillors claimed £539 for an annual bus, tram and train pass while 21 councillors claimed no expenses.=-Allowances have been frozen for six years and £241,000 saved since 2011.`23